Now what?

Bishop Frank Beard


Initial conversations on A Way Forward have been held in seven different locations across the IGRC. Nearly 800 people participated in these vital conversations. Each of these conversations was unique and valuable. The folks that participated expressed appreciation for providing a venue for them to come together with other sisters and brothers to have this family talk.

Reflections on the life of Rev. Dr. Billy Graham

Bishop Frank Beard


Rev. Billy Graham is one of the greatest evangelist the world has ever known. His commitment to Christ and his passion for reaching lost souls resulted in over 3.2 million people coming to faith in the Lord. During his ministry he preached to more than 4 billion people.

Bishop's Statement on school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Bishop Frank Beard


I encourage pastors and churches to offer opportunities for others to unite in prayers of support and solidarity. I strongly encourage us to be in dialogue with one another about being instruments of peace and conduits of grace and mercy. I invite the IGRC family of laity and clergy to offer moments of prayers in our Worship services, Sunday Schools, Small Group Fellowships and any other gatherings deemed appropriate.

April Fool



In food-speak, a “fool” is a quick English dessert of cooked berries layered with whipped cream. Traditionalists make it with gooseberries, but strawberries and raspberries work fine. It’s rich and lovely, and you don’t need a lot to finish a meal with finesse. Serve it in a cocktail glass for the best effect.

Finding what works for you

Clergy Assistance Program Blog


Changing a habit does take time. You won’t shake off all your depressed habits without time and effort. But, however low depression has brought you, it is absolutely possible to get into more constructive, happier habits and to find the right strategies for you to make sure that depression affects you as little as possible from now on.

Self-soothing exercises the brain, body needs to handle stress

Mental Health Minute


If you or someone you know has trouble controlling their emotional and physical reactions to stressful situations, it is critical to understand why it may difficult to stay calm, think clearly, or make reasonable decisions when stressed. There are many variables that affect out ability to self-regulate including poor sleep, unhealthy food intake, chronic pain and inflammation, dehydration, not enough movement, and residual effects of early life trauma. Try three things that help your body deal effectively with stress.

Marriage Care Retreat

PCC Guest Blogs


Reminder! There are only a couple rooms left for this meaningful workshop retreat conducted by Bob and Christi Phillips. Once the space is gone, its gone! This two-night retreat will be in Elsah March 1-3 (Thursday – Saturday) with Bob and Christy Phillips. It will start with dinner on Thursday evening and conclude with lunch on Saturday. Because space is limited, payment is due (by check to the Conference Center or by credit card) before registration ends Feb. 8.

Start your year off green

Greenify Tips


This year why not resolve to make a few simple lifestyle changes that could have a huge impact on the earth? Here are five things you can do this year to better care for creation:

Updates for April Self-Care Retreat

Shauna Summers


The 2nd Annual PCC Self-Care Retreat will be April 25-27 at the Pere Marquette State Park and Lodge in Grafton, IL. They are located on Illinois Route 100 (The Great River Road) 13653 Lodge Boulevard, Grafton, IL 62037. New this year is musical entertainment! The Rivers of Life Band will be playing after dinner on Wednesday. In addition to the topics listed below, both Sacred Spaces (interactive prayer stations) and chair massages will be offered Wednesday and Thursday. The Board of Ordained Ministry has granted 1 CEU for persons attending the entire event.

Jesus’ invitation: ‘Come!’

Bishop Frank Beard


Jesus invites us to walk with him on a wonder-filled adventure. The invitation is given to all who are saddled with weariness or bogged down with the pressures of day-to-day life. Looks like that includes just about everyone!

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